Man charged with starting fire outside FBI’s Chicago office

A person threatened a safety officer posted outside the FBI’s Chicago headquarters then returned to the safety station nearly a month later and began a fire outside, in keeping with a felony grievance filed Sunday.

James Lofton is accused of maliciously damaging and destroying a U.S. authorities constructing via fire, in keeping with the grievance.

He was charged after he was seen on Friday afternoon lighting fire to a jacket he had simply taken off and left outside of the FBI Chicago Field Office, 2111 W. Roosevelt Road, on the safety station on the constructing’s jap entrance.

Lofton had beforehand approached the identical safety station the morning of Oct. 7 and stated to an officer who was on obligation, “I’m going to burn you, and everyone is going to die,” in keeping with the grievance. The officer, who didn’t know Lofton, reported the incident, and Lofton paced close to the safety station till safety personnel and Chicago police arrived.

Lofton confirmed the investigators his Illinois state identification card after which requested medical help and was taken away in an ambulance. He wasn’t seen again on the FBI office till Friday, in keeping with the grievance.

The identical officer whom Lofton threatened in October was contained in the safety station Friday and acknowledged him when he approached at about 3 p.m. with a plastic jug containing an unknown liquid and sporting a jacket, in keeping with the grievance.

He then took off the jacket, secured it to the station’s emergency name field and poured a transparent liquid out from the jug onto the clothes, the costs acknowledged. Lofton may then be seen eradicating one thing from his pants pocket and touching it to the jacket, which instantly burst into flames. The remnants of the jacket and plastic jug had been discovered on the scene, and each gadgets smelled “strongly of gasoline,” in keeping with the grievance.

Lofton was proven on the video strolling away east on Roosevelt Road. Officers canvassed the world and located Lofton about one-third of a mile away on Roosevelt. During the arrest, officers discovered a lighter on the bottom close by, in keeping with the grievance.

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